Matters involving complicated medical issues are Fonda & Fraser’s specialty. Understanding that "a picture is worth a thousand words", Fonda & Fraser utilizes advanced electronic technology and demonstrative exhibits to educate our opposition, their attorneys, insurance professionals, mediators, arbitrators, judges and juries. See the following examples:
Employment Team Defeats Class Action.
The employment litigation team of Todd Croutch and Dan Dik recently (March 2013) defeated a motion for class certification. In the matter of Daniel Hendershot v. Ready to Roll Transportation, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 485401, three former employees, limousine drivers, sought to bring a class action upon multiple employment and wage and hour claims, against one of the premiere transportation companies in the country. Plaintiffs' counsel is a well known attorney, former multi-year "attorney of the year" per the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and a multi-year "super lawyer". The motion sought to take a case of three guys suing their former employer, and transform it into 53 people suing that company, which would have effectively bankrupted the client. Todd and Dan successfully argued that "numerosity" had not been established, and that individual issues predominated, because dozens of those prospective class members had signed settlement agreements with their employer for wages due, and others had signed bilateral agreements to arbitrate any disputes going forward. Plaintiffs' counsel have said that they will appeal.
This successful defense follows hard on the heals of a similar successful defense of an employment class action, in the matter of Guzman v. Black and White Garage, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC429452. In that case, the class action on behalf of tow truck drivers and yardmen was certified; however Todd and Dan first successfully gained summary adjudication, finding that dozens of settlement agreement were enforceable, then upon subsequent motion successfully moved for decertification of the class action. That action then settled for a nominal amount.
Fonda & Fraser, LLP has experienced, knowledgeable, sophisticated counsel ready to defend your company against employment litigation, and available to consult with you to minimize your firm's exposure to potential employment litigation. Call us at (818) 543-1380.
An OB-GYN client of Fonda & Fraser, who specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility was sued by a patient who alleged she sustained a bowel perforation during a laparoscopic salpingectomy performed by our client. To see more click here.
In a recent trial, Fonda & Fraser successfully defended one of the nations top healthcare institutions and its attending physicians against claims made by a 33-year-old male, patient. The patient alleged medical negligence related to a lumbar spine surgery, the post-operative development of an epidural abscess, and a delayed surgical evacuation of the abscess pressing on his spinal cord, ultimately rendering the patient with permanent neurological injury and the inability to return to work. See this illustrated story.
A Fonda & Fraser client cardiologist, in the process of performing a coronary angiogram, was accused of negligently perforating a patient’s kidney with a guidewire while navigating the guidewire up the aorta towards the coronary arteries when the guidewire took a detour into the renal artery. See this illustrated story.
Stephen Fraser and Pamela Benben attained dismissal from lawsuit brought by "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon, which alleged malpractice in the repair of McMahon's broken neck subsequent to his fall down stairs while attending a party at billionaire philanthropists Robert & Kelly Day's home.
Stephen Fraser and Alex Watson obtain defense verdict and vindicate radiologist client of negligence after six week trial, wherein allegations of professional liability leading to the death of late actor, John Ritter were made, along with demand for $67 million in damages.
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The impressive work of Peter Fonda, Cecille Hester, and Dan Dik produced for our valued client the favorable Supreme Court decision of Little Company of Mary Hospital v. Superior Court. This published opinion established that punitive damages cannot be sought against a religious entity, regardless of the cause of action alleged, without plaintiff first prevailing on a motion demonstrating evidence for those damages.
Fonda, Hilberman and Fraser, LLP changed its name to Fonda & Fraser, LLP in 2004, following the appointment by governor Gray Davis of Joe W. Hilberman to the position of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge.